Programmed Planned Engineered Obsolescence

If we are to look at software or devices that companies simply stop “supporting” we can begin to see how planned obsolescence a concept first enacted in ca. 1923, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence to get past market saturation and have customers shorten their replacement cycle based on fashion, style, et al.

How far have electronics companies gone past that with planned software bloat, software changes that make previous hardware unusable for all but the most basic functions? How do we stop this? Will it ever stop? How can we let tech companies claim to be sustainable if they force the unnecessary “recycling” of millions of devices too often?

Here is another article on this, and many more are out there.

 

http://www.inc.com/erik-sherman/planned-obsolescence-a-good-way-to-make-your-business-obsolete.html

 

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